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New Size Available! Challenging 1.25" holes (http://www.thinaircanvas.com/nibblenet)
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NibbleNet Picnic (1.5-inch holes)
Original NibbleNet (2-inch holes) clipped to a platform.
Original NibbleNet on platform.
Read Michelle's review & 15-month update below.
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|For you hay bag junkies out there...I,too,love my Nibble Nets. I have a 9" Nibble Net with 1.5" openings, and I love it. I had to give Lia a couple of handfulls of hay outside the bag to take the edge off for the first 2 days I used it because, Morgan that she is, she got very agitated at not being able to immediately get a huge mouthful of hay. After 2 days she didn't need any loose hay and is now a pro. I also have the 9" Nibble Net with 1.25" opening which I haven't given to her yet. I anticipate no problems for her getting used to it. I also have 2 "Nibble n Go" Nibble Nets on the way in anticipation of less turnout time as the weather worsens. I am hoping that they will work sort of like stall toys. Lia is barefoot, so I have no worries there. I am going to look into this "nose-it" toy...sounds interesting!|
Carolyn-on my way to net junkie status-Battle Ground, WA
Lia and Chewy, 10/13/10
|I have one of the large Nibble Nets with 1.5 inch holes and love it, too. It's extremely well made and easy to get the hay into. |
The only problem I have with it is, I've only been using it for a couple of months and the vinyl on the back is wearing thin in some spots (where it rubs against the pipe corral). I will have to patch it with duct tape to keep it from getting holes.
|I also have a Nibble Net and I like it, but I wish they would have put the rings at the corners instead of 6" or so in from the edges! She did send me a longer strap when mine broke, it's about 24" and reaches around most fence posts. My hubby was supposed to mount the bag to a piece of plywood, but we haven't gotten around to it yet. No rub marks yet, but I also use the other types- small mesh bags and I forget what the other ones are, but they have the words"buffet" and "snacker" in it.|
|I have to reiterate, that I just LOVE my nibble nets! I've watched all these slow feeder discussions, and I still think they are the best option and value for so many reasons. I would worry about my horses twisting their heads/necks to eat from the side of a stationary object (the box type feeders with wire grid, for example).|
I've had these nets for a full year in October, (so 15 months now) in full 24/7/365 use. They are still like brand new. I cut pallets in half, screwed plywood to the top, and screwed in 4 eye-bolts. (Shown in the photos above.) I use caribiner clips (open side down) to attach the net in all 4 corners to the pallet. Caribiner clips are still pretty easy to open in the cold, snow, ice, unlike spring snaps that can get ice inside the mechanism and freeze shut. It is easy to pick up a half pallet and carry it inside or outside to feed wherever you want depending on the weather. I prefer to spread my pallets out across the entire paddock so they are enticed to move, creating a sort of track system of feed stations. When the weather is bad (rain, ice, or blowing cold wind), I very easily carry the pallets inside the run-in, and feed them in there. I have one more bag than the number of horses that I have, and have not had a problem. By feeding them on the ground, they are eating with their heads down, straight, just as they were designed to do, not with them up if the bag were hanging, or twisted to the side as if from the side of a stationary feeder.
I have found these bags trampled in mud, the entire bag and pallet carried across the paddock, tossed upside down, flung around, and the bags are still like brand new, not a stitch is out of place. They have been walked over, run over, and pawed. The quality and workmanship is just fantastic.
My girls have become quite adept at eating from them, but it is still slower than hay just tossed around. And there is NO waste. No more peed in, pooped on hay.
Another benefit I have noticed, is that their teeth seem to be maintaining (and even correcting!) better. It has now been 2 years since they have been floated, and not only do I see no signs of any dental issues, I am seeing BETTER chewing and less quidding. I have a mini who has always quid no matter who floated her teeth or how they were floated. She hasn't quidded now in over a year.. I have an elderly pony with missing teeth who quidded something terrible last year. I resorted to feeding her soaked hay cubes, then she would gum hay to "break bread" with the rest of the herd. She is now chewing just fine, with little to no quidding. I have another mare who has a lot of damage in her mouth, from no dental care and scar tissue, as well as being ravaged with a Tom Thumb bit. She would hold pockets of wadded up hay and green foam in her mouth, then go wash her mouth out in the water tank (gross, yes!). While that problem is not completely gone, it is greatly reduced, I'd say by about 60 or 70% better.
Since I have no grazing at all, they have always eaten just hay on the ground, I think that the nets are now causing them to use their incisors to bite and pull, simulating grazing, which is causing them to use their jaws properly, allowing the teeth to now wear as they were designed to do (or close to it).
These bags have saved me so much money and time. Money in wasted hay and income, and time in that I don't need to go out and feed them 5 times a day in the cold of winter to keep them warm, because the hay lasts now. If we have a really cold windy night (like last night), I toss out a couple of extra flakes, they gobble those up in about 15 minutes, then they munch their nets the rest of the night. I also have enough bags for 24 hours. So in the evening, I fill all the bags for that night and the next morning. Then all I do in the morning is toss out the bags and clip them to their stations, which is a HUGE timesaver in the morning to get out the door to work.
Oh, one other thing I noticed -- when I put out extra bags for cold nights, more bags than I have pallets for, I hang a couple of extras. Without fail, the horses ALWAYS finish the ones on the ground first, and if there is ever hay leftover, it is always, 100% of the time, in the hanging bags.
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